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Elias Littenberg

Elias Littenberg

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Elias Littenberg's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Elias Littenberg's Bio

Yeah! Originally from Niagara Falls, NY, I graduated from SUNY Albany with degrees in Meteorology and Geography back in '02. Immediately afterwards, I moved west and started ski bumming in Tahoe. I finally ended up in Utah after seasonal stints in Montana and Jackson. I'm Buyer and Merchandiser of all things Ski and Paddle. The gear, not so much the clothes. I ski as often as I can, even over the summertime if I can find some snow. If it's not a ski day, then I'll be tagging along on road trips all over the West. Deserts, mountains, oceans...can't get enough.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on May 16, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just barely picked up the Thule Pulse Cargo Box yesterday. I was expecting a bit of a wrestling match to get it mounted to my AeroBlade Edge bars (Item #THU0379). I was wrong. What a cinch. The Pulse is light enough to for me to put up on top of my Subaru without help and the tool free clamps are a breeze to use. A quick test drive on the freeway offered no significant drag or noise and the Large size should easily swallow our camp stuff. The Pulse L might (might!) be a bit too small for my skis during the winter, but should make getting gear to-from adventures much easier on my typically squeezed passengers. Off to the desert this weekend to put it to the test.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on May 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In bowl-mode the X-Bowl easily accommodates a double portion of your favorite just-add-water camp food. In plate-mode your X-Bowl takes up very little room in your pack and makes for a convenient cutting board. I own a small stack of them and never head out for an overnight without them. Strongly recommended!

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on March 8, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 32x32

Rats. Love them. I had to return as the waist was too tight and the length was a bit long. I'm 5'9" 140lbs and ordered up the 32x32. The liner was very comfy and the cotton canvas was the typical indestructible Mountain Khaki construction. I'll be keeping an eye out for something with a different waist x length combo before camping season kicks off.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on February 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked these up for my wife after skiing on mine all winter, so far. I grabbed mine to use during local night time rando races and to bridge the seemingly never ending low tide start to our winter without beating up my wider, more powdery touring skis. She too wanted a pair to survive this season's rock infested descents combined with their great value. We both expect the Backland 78 to be awesome for the corn cycle coming this spring! The Backland is built like a light version of Atomic's freeride skis - mini sidewall under foot with capped tips and tails, directional early rise rocker, and plenty of camber. I don't totally agree with the description of a ski that can 'carve like your old racing days' as the narrow width and light build make these skis pretty soft. That soft flex works great with the rather tall camber and curvy sidecut to make the Backland 78 a really fun ski to make wiggly turns right down the fall line. Old school turns that look great from the bottom and are actually really fun to make...until it starts snowing in earnest at least!

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on February 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Pretty much wore these every day on a recent vacation. They're so good looking that I didn't bother to wear any other shorts or pants. Chilly mornings? Just add a hoodie. Another rum run? Pair up with a flamingo covered button down. The slightly short inseam length shows off a bit more man thigh than anything else I've worn, but it wasn't dramatic. The only negative I have is that they don't dry off very quickly due to some cotton being used.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on February 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I preferred using the larger scrapers intended for snowboards to clean up skis ever since my shop rat days. The longer edge leaves more sharp zones to use before you inevitably have to refresh them with a scraper sharpener and the extra space keeps your knuckles away from the sharp edges. Smart.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on February 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I love Hestra's gloves and purchased the Fall Line Glove as a holiday gift for a permanently cold-handed individual. These are an amazing combination of a trim fitting glove that is perfectly warm. The neoprene cuff easily fits under your jacket cuff, the leather is naturally wind proof, and the liner is awesome for how thin it seems. Make sure to keep the outer properly treated and the Fall Line Glove will take care of your hands for many winters.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on December 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Turn the furnace down, save a few BTUs of energy, and pull on the stylie Stance Trailer Sock this winter for warm feet that look cool. But wait, there's more. They also look pretty boss when you're standing in the security line at the airport. I wear a size 8 shoe and a size M Stance sock and couldn't be happier with the fit.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on December 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Turn the furnace down, save a few BTUs of energy, and pull on the stylie Stance Leo Sock this winter for warm feet that look cool. But wait, there's more. They also look pretty boss when you're standing in the security line at the airport. I wear a size 8 shoe and a size M Stance sock and couldn't be happier with the fit.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on December 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I consider these my 'middle' glove for ski touring. I always have a pair of super warm mitts, a light spring glove, and a 'middle' glove when I head out. Basin and Range's Leather Work Glove is ideal for winter ski tours where you stay on your skins the majority of the day. The short cuff is comfortable and helps to keep the gloves from getting too sweaty, but I think it is a bit too short for crawling up steep chutes where your hands might be in the snow or handling Whippets. For spring skiing I like to skin up with pipe gloves and then switch to these on windy, chilly ridges before transitioning for the descent. Yes, your Leather Work Gloves will get quite a bit of use and are a solid addition for a great price. Recommended!

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on December 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Whoops. I returned the 100-125mm brake the day after I received them. I have a pair of Marker Kingpin 13s mounted to the Blizzard ZeroG 108. I wanted to move these bindings over to the much wider Line Pescado so I figured that I would need the a la carte wide brake. Nope. Despite the relatively snug look of the Kingpin brakes on my Blizzards, there is a ton of room to fit over the 125mm Pescado. Yeah I should have known...my mistake. I guess that's why there's return policies.
The brakes, if needed, swap out super easy and seem to 'click' together better than Marker's Duke/Barron brakes. As for stopping power in backcountry powder? Couldn't tell you. Those Kingpins hold on tight.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on September 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

No fussing from the kiddo when he has to zip into his Escape PFD. This piece is a big improvement from his 'little kid' PFD of summers past thanks to a much more ergonomic fit than he's ever had, the easy on/easy off zipper front, and the great mobility for his arms and shoulders. During the mandatory Deep End of the Pool Test he was able to swim around pretty easily and bobbed like a cork. Well done Stohlquist!

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Picked up the blue fish one for our 1 year old. Still trying to get him to keep it on (he long ago figured out velcro) but he definitely likes it. He's a pretty fair skinned little guy so this hat is crucial on our hikes and pool/beach days for keeping him from getting too cooked.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on May 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I thought this would make a nice nightlight for my kiddos while we're camping. Nope. The Lighthouse Micro Flash is very, very bright. Too much for inside the tent. Fortunately it features both a full ring of light or a half-ring. We use ours mostly with half of the ring lit up and it's awesome for outside the tent. I prefer the Micro Flash vs headlamps since I am much less likely to pull the campfire faux pas of shining my lamp into someone's face if I'm carrying this tool. One thing I've noticed is that it takes longer than you'd expect to recharge the battery. Charging overnight before you leave on your next adventure is recommended.

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